U.S. Appeals court overturns Apple's $119.6 million victory over Samsung in patent trial 2

U.S. Appeals court overturns Apple's $119.6 million victory over Samsung in patent trial 2
Samsung finally obtained some relief from the U.S. legal system. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. overturned a $119.6 million damages award against Samsung that was won by Apple 21 months ago. The appeals court ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple's "quick-links" patent. The appeals court also said that Apple's patents on slide-to-unlock and auto-correct were invalid. The quick-links infringement alone made up $99 million of the award. This feature allows a user to tap on a phone number posted on a touchscreen, and have the handset dial that number.

In an interesting turnaround, the appeals court did say that Apple was liable for infringing on a Samsung patent, although no details were released. Apple declined to comment on today's rulings, while Samsung had nothing to say at the moment.

The legal victory has been a long time coming for Samsung, as Apple has generally been the victor when the two rivals have worked out their differences in court. For example, at the end of last year Samsung paid Apple $548.2 million in reference to a separate patent infringement lawsuit between the two tech titans. Samsung has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its argument on that case. To get the court to hear its argument, Samsung is trying to have the highest court in the land re-visit the idea of patent law reform in the states.

A three-judge panel made the ruling that was announced today, which essentially wipes out a $119.6 million damages award that Apple won on May 2nd, 2014. That was the result of the second patent trial between the two companies. Similar to the first trial, Apple accused Samsung of illegally using some Apple patents without its permission. The difference is that the second trial featured newer Samsung devices.

source: Reuters

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127 Comments

1. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hahahahahaha, this is what happen when you mess with the fbi and the courts in the USA, all change for apple

8. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

LMFAO

25. s.kumaran

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 18, 2016

j2001m - what a shameless iFan. Apple is a biggest fraud company, Apple to pay €318 million fine for tax fraud in Italy - neowin.net/news/apple-to-pay-318-million-fine-for-​tax-fruad-in-italy

85. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Apple you are a pos.

119. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Completely unrelated but ok

62. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

That is just foul. The Government is just seeking to punish Apple more and more until they give in. I hope Apple does not.

98. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Foul for what? Foul that Judge Koh and her corrupt jury get two fingers poked in their eyes? I wonder if a % of all the under the table $$ that changed hands between Apple and Koh and co to get the verdict will now be taken back? Apple's rough and tough tactics will only bite them in the asssss in the long term. It wont be long until they go from Hero to Zero!

70. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Samsung should take this chance and file appeal for all Cases against apple

100. MSi_GS70 unregistered

This rotten cripple (apple) going on my nerves really!! It is disgusting ,disgraceful , rude, ashamed, tacky , milky , ... what else.. they trying to destroy samsung by ripping them off from never ending lawsuits.. but thank god they failed.. I hope Trump will teach them lesson soon !!! or this worst company needs to finish..

2. Silkrays

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

Samsung's time has started now.

23. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Bah - it's like a nightmare game of table tennis. Apple's Ping vs Samsung's Pong. More appeals, more court time, more money for the lawyers. This changes nothing.

97. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

@nexusKoolaid : it looks like Apple is going to pay Samsung's lawyer since they lost the case whereas Samsung's victory is upheld.

4. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Justice prevails, oh and........ OWNED

5. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO, karma lol

6. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Interesting timing

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

When karma hits you in the heart

9. Unordinary unregistered

Look at all these virgins rejoicing lmfao

16. htcisthebest

Posts: 437; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Your profile pic looks kinda creepy man...

22. Unordinary unregistered

Your username looks kind of hilarious >__>

24. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Your defensiveness is hilarious

31. Unordinary unregistered

So defensive kekekeke. Like I said in post #9 lol

35. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Lmao...sure.

58. aegislash

Posts: 1516; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Why let internet comments bother you so much though?

94. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's the actual verdict that is eating him up from the inside. The comments just push him over the edge.

10. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"The legal victory has been a long time coming for Samsung, as Apple has generally been the victor when the two rivals have worked out their differences in court." -PA (Alan F.) Let's clarify something: insert "U.S." before "court". Apple has been largely unsuccessful in their frivolous lawsuits against Samsung in most countries. Why? Because non-American judges and juries are not as easily swayed by hanging fruit.

14. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Exactly

19. TerryTerius unregistered

This is 100% true.

21. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31306; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is due to Apple not playing nice with the FBI lol.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No! By not playing nice to the other OEM's in particularly the one they sued for no reason other than they can't compete on the same play field.

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